Battlestar Galactica: Six #1 (Comics Review)

Battlestar Galactica is one of the first shows I started watching back in college once I got done with my full view-through of all the Star Trek shows. First season 1, then 2, then the interlude mini-sodes, then season 3 (what little I saw of it), it was one of the best shows I’d watched at the time, and it still has that distinction. I haven’t seen the original show of course, but the reboot captivated, in no small part due to the performance of Tricia Helfer as the humanoid Cylon known as Six. Her performance and her character were definitely one of the biggest reasons why I stuck with the show for as long as I did.

This past week, Dynamite launched the next phase in its Battlestar Galactica line of comics by releasing the first of a new series that focuses on Six and presumably deals with her integration into human society. As a fan of the character, I went in with high expectations, especially since I’d heard great things about J. T. Krul’s writing, but the reality is that the issue was confusing at best. The art by Igor Lima & Co. is pretty damn good but the writing doesn’t do it justice. Perhaps that’s the danger of origin stories.

Battlestar Galactica Six 01First of all, Jenny Frison’s cover to this issue is absolutely amazing. She pretty much recreates Tricia Helfer here, who is Six, and with the simplicity of the composition, she gives the reader an indication of what kind of a story can be found in these pages. Thing is, that as the rebooted show progressed and more and more of the humanoid Cylons like Six made their appearance or were revealed, one of the common subplots was how they wrestled with their identities, because most of them had been undercover in human society for a long, long time. And that is what Jenny Frison has captured in this cover. Loved it.

The story itself is an origin tale of how Six came to be a part of human society. We don’t really get the start of her tale, but start at some point in her insertion when she has already attached herself to a mining concern and has apparently been part of the crew for a while. And she goes by the name Rebeka and has no knowledge of who she really is. From thereon out, we see how a tragedy brings her closer to the main worlds, and how her personality fractures under pressure of the trauma that she has endured.

I’ll admit, the setup here is really interesting, but at the same time I was also hoping for much more from this issue. Thing is that Krul plays things too close to his chest, and while readers who have watched the show will have some idea of what is going on, any new reader is going to be left adrift. Or someone like me who last watched the show back in 2008 and has forgotten much of what happened. So in that context, this issue is definitely not an easy story to get into, and that is regrettable, because I think Krul had a really great opportunity here to appeal to all sorts of readers.

But it is what it is, and this is how it will be, it seems. I’ll admit as well that I am intrigued by what is going to happen next, given how the issue ends. The penultimate page is a great end to the climax of this issue, and the final page itself is filled with all sorts of possibilities that can be explored in the next few issues of this mini-series.

With Igor Lima on the art we have Alex Guimãres on the colours and Joshua Cozine on the letters. I’ll start out by saying that I loved Lima’s artwork. For the characters I recognise from the show, it was a fairly easy job to do so, and while I think I may have missed out on a couple (may!), in general his character work is strong. He tends to go a bit vague on the faces in some panels, but overall he keeps things detailed. And Guimãres’ colours are definitely appealing as well, especially early on with all the red and blue hues, and later on when we get to the real meat of the story.

This could easily have been a better issue I think, but it wasn’t all that bad, and it did give me a hook to return next month for the next issue, so that’s something.

Rating: 7.5/10

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Posted on May 5, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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